Concealed Carry Permits In Oregon Is Governed By A State Constitution
State constitutions generally govern the ability to obtain a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit, however, not all states require them. There are just a few states – like Arizona, Vermont, and Alaska – which include what’s called “constitutional carry” laws in their legal structure, and a permit is not required to carry a concealed firearm. There are other stipulations within constitutional carry, however, that demand that anyone carrying a concealed weapon identify it when in contact with any Peace Officer. Failure to do so can result in felony charges being filed. Make sure you know the laws in Oregon.
Do you know the laws where you live in Oregon, you may be able to take advantage of the streamlined application process that exists within “Shall Issue” states. The standard approval process usually includes a background check, one or more required classes, qualification with your firearm (safety and marksmanship), and paying the required fee. Currently, Utah, Nevada, and Florida are the easiest states to obtain a Shall Issue CCW.
While obtaining a Concealed Carry permit requires an application for most citizens, even when acquiring one, it doesn’t mean that it is free from restrictions. For instance, in Oregon you may only be allowed to carry a revolver rather than a semi-automatic pistol, or you may only be allowed to carry a specific caliber of firearm. Additionally, you may have to undergo testing for proficiency regarding weapon safety and marksmanship, and in some instances, your CCW permissions may be limited to the county or city where the permit was issued. Where proficiency testing does occur, it usually happens on either an annual or semi-annual basis.
There are three types of Concealed Carry in States, Shall Issue, May Issue, and Constitutional Carry
Although some issuers of CCWs are not as strict as others, acquiring a CCW in Oregon may not be an easy process. There are “Shall Issue” states and “May Issue” states, ( and Constitutional Carry which do not require any permit) and if your state happens to be a “May Issue” state, then the local authorities are generally given discretion as to whether they believe it should be issued or not. However, no matter which type of issuance your state’s laws command, you will still have to go through a lengthy application process. In most locales, this means a long application requiring extensive information, some may also require a convincing letter that provides justification for your need of a Concealed Carry permit, and possible an oral interview as well.
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The Oregon State Constitutional Provision States: “The people shall have the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state, but the military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.”
IN Oregon your gun rights are under direct attack, in February 2013 the Oregon legislature introduced HB 3200 which in essence is the following:
HB 3200 not only bans most modern guns and magazines, it allows warrantless searches of your home, requires background checks and registration for a firearm you already own and as-of-yet undefined storage requirements. We say “a firearm” because even if you comply with the restrictions in this bill you may still only own one.(Of course the bill does not apply to “government employees”.) There has been much chatter about governments confiscating guns, and this law would give the Oregon government that power. Typically, such a law is not retroactive, but this one is applicable to those legally in possession of such “assault” weapons. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall, within 120 days after the effective date of this 2013 Act, without being subject to prosecution: This is tyranny plain and simple. If you believe in the US constitution and the second amendment you need to act, call your legislator, today!
Oregon is a shall-issue concealed-carry state and is notable for having very few restrictions on where a concealed firearm may be carried. Oregon also has statewide preemption for its concealed-carry laws, meaning that, with limited exceptions, counties and cities cannot place limits on concealed carry beyond those provided by state law. There is one possible exception to the "shall issue" statute. The concealed carry (CCW) license is issued by each county's sheriff, and is valid state-wide. The sheriff is given personal discretion if that sheriff "has reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant has been or is reasonably likely to be a danger to self or others." There is no pure definition of what that reason must be. With this the Sheriff can legally deny the issuance of a concealed carry permit.
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As for open carry laws in the state of Oregon: The state of Oregon is an open-carry state, yet cities and counties are free to limit public possession of loaded firearms by individuals who do not have a concealed carry permit. The municipalities of Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Oregon City, Salem, Independence, and Multnomah County have banned loaded firearms in all public places.
Oregon is one of only a very few states that do not have ANY reciprocity agreements with any other states. Many consider Oregon to be somewhat of an anti-gun state and is currently considering several gun banning measures in the state legislature.
Interestingly though there are pro-gun states that will recognize Oregon’s CCW permits within their borders and they are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont.
Some Oregon Legislators get it; February 2013 in what some see as a direct response to the HB 3200 authored by the Liberals within the legislature Rep. Tim Freeman (R-Roseburg) filed HB3006. The bill stands among the most ambitious Second Amendment Protection Acts in the U.S. It would essentially nullify all federal gun regulations in the state of Oregon. All federal acts, laws, orders, rules and regulations relating to firearms are invalid and may not be enforced in the State of Oregon. The bill directs the Oregon Legislative Assembly to adopt all measures necessary to block federal enforcement of firearms regulations and makes provisions of the act applicable before, on or after its passage. Nine fellow representatives and six senators joined Freeman in sponsoring HB3006. It will be interesting if either HB 3200 or HB 3206 pass and get vetoed or signed into law.
Two Oregon sheriffs have written Vice President Joe Biden to say their departments won't enforce any new gun laws they consider to be unconstitutional. In one letter, Sheriff Tim Mueller of Linn County said politicians are "attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims" by supporting laws that would harm law-abiding Americans. Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley said later that he also sent the same letter. "We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous the crimes, to prompt politicians to enact laws that will infringe upon the liberties of responsible citizens who have broken no laws,"
US Precision Defense applauds these Elected Officials for standing up for the rights of the citizens’ of their counties and their belief in the Second Amendment.
Mueller says he took an oath to support the Constitution, and laws preventing citizens from owning certain semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines would violate their rights.